The ‘Time to sort it’ blog is moving

Greetings to you all and hoping that you have realised that it’s always a good idea to make the time to sort, whatever your current ‘IT’ is!

This is a very short note just to let you know that I have now moved my blog.  Here is the link to it’s new home

http://timetosortit.com/blog/

If you would like to continue to follow it via email, then pop over to the new site and enter your email address to subscribe.

The next instalment will highlight the ‘whole life approach’ to managing your weight.

See you on the other side!

Anna x

My blog will be moving…….

It’s been a while since I’ve written Mr Blog and I have missed my time with you and with my followers.

I have had a very interesting and enlightening time on my current weight loss journey and will share more of that at a later date.  In the meantime I wanted to let every one know that this blog will be moving to another place shortly, so watch this space to learn where and when this will happen.

I also want to share this question with you and would love to know your views:

For those of you with a current weight issue……..what do you believe comes first- being overweight or lack of self worth?

Is it the fact that you are unhappy with your size that creates a lack of self worth?

Or is it that you don’t consider yourself worthy that creates the weight problem?

And which should you focus on first?

Please post your opinion in the comments below- I can’t wait to hear what you think.

To weigh or not to weigh?

Come on, don’t most of us deep down, know what we need to do to lose weight?

We may not have university degrees in nutrition, and it can be confusing to know what we should and shouldn’t be eating with all the conflicting information out there, but deep down I believe that most of us know when we should be eating a little less and moving a little more; really we do, don’t we?

So why is it so easy for some of us (even when we have seen success and lost a couple of stones) to get stuck?  I believe it all comes down to ‘motivation’.  Motivation is the key.  Staying motivated forever and ever is hard work at the best of times, but when a set of scales is involved it can become complicated!

So let me clarify this before I get thousands of comments about how wrong I am. (In my dreams!….thousands of comments…yes please! It can be lonely here you know….with just Mr Blog for company!)  I have weighed thousands of people in my time, and witnessed first-hand how motivating it is to see a positive result at the scales.  When you are doing great and on a roll and the number on the scales is going down each week-that can be incredibly motivating and is also great feedback on behaviour changes you have implemented in the previous week. (I have explored the best way to use the results at the scales before-click here if you want to go there.)

HOWEVER there is a very high chance that standing on the scales could demotivate you.  There are only 3 possible results- a loss, a gain or a stay the same. One of those results will almost certainly result in disappointment, which in turn could result in a sense of ‘what’s the point’ which equals ‘not motivated’.  Here are some other possible scenarios:

An unexpected gain could mean devastation which = de-motivation.

A stay the same after a ‘good’ week could = de-motivation

Even a loss that is not big enough could = de motivation

If you are in a fat rut (or a weight-loss plateau-you choose which you want to call it), I urge you to ask yourself this question- ‘Is standing on the scales every week beneficial in keeping me consistently motivated?’

I have asked myself the question and the answer is ‘NO! That’s not to say I will never weigh myself ever again because weighing is one of the simplest ways of getting feedback on your weight loss efforts. But I have decided that I will only weigh myself monthly, and only on a ‘slim’ day (I know you know what I mean) and on a day where I feel I can handle any result- a day when I am feeling strong and positive. This feels like a scary experiment to me and I will feed back the results honestly to you, I promise.  I guess in the end I am doing it because what I was doing before –weighing each week- was not working for me anymore.  So far not being preoccupied by the scales is working-I feel so much better about myself and I’m focussing more fully on my food habits and behaviours.  Ultimately that’s what needs to change (and stay changed). The number on the scales can end up being nothing more than a niggly distraction.

Please comment below and share your thoughts on how the scales effect your motivation-good and bad. I’m really interested to know……

Confessions of a Weight Loss Expert

‘Practice what you preach’…….hmmmm……that’s a phrase that frequently pops into my head.  The reality is that I try very hard NOT to ‘preach’- my job is to encourage, motivate, inspire and coach people to lose weight ,and on the whole I am very successful in helping people to achieve their weight loss dreams. One of my members who suffers from MS achieved her goal weight this year; she lost a total of over 8 stones. Another member who has ME lost a total of 111 lbs. And these are just 2 of the many incredible successes that I have witnessed this year in my weight loss meetings. It’s amazing to watch these people take control of their eating habits and make such positive changes to their health and their lives. And it’s great to know that I have helped them to achieve what they thought was impossible.

So if I am able to help others, why, oh why can’t I help myself???

OK-so here is a quick summary of my weight loss journey so far. I have always had a weight issue-I was overweight as a child, and had a very dodgy relationship with food (maybe more about this in later blog posts) which started when I was around 12 and flourished during my teens and into my twenties. After I had my second child I was at my very heaviest and plucked up the courage to join Weight Watchers, and WOW what a revelation that was! I learnt so much, began to alter my relationship with food and lost 63lbs in less than a year.  I felt ‘normal’ for the first time and thought I would live happily ever after as a size 12.

WRONG!  Well not totally wrong, as I maintained my weight happily for around 12 years. 7 years after I had joined weight Watchers I became a Leader and felt that I had found my vocation.  All was well in my world. But…..some of you will know exactly what I mean when I say: ‘life got in the way’ and I ‘lost the plot’ and over the course of a few years my weight gradually crept up by around 28 lbs. And  for the last few years I just CANNOT for the life of me, seem to get a handle on it.

So I guess I should be honest with you, dear BLOG, and let you know that I am just using you. I am using you to help me discover why it is, that whilst I know exactly WHAT to do in order to lose weight, I  seem to be incapable of getting on and DOING it.

And there is something else I want to share with you my new friend Mr BLOG- I know I am not the only one who has ‘dieters block’- so maybe together we will discover ways of overcoming my inability to ‘get my head in the right place’? And if we do that successfully we may be able to help others who are in a similar predicament.

I think that is enough confessing for now……………..

Anna